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The Justice Committee has opened an inquiry into the use of custodial remand for adults and has put out a call for evidence that closes on Friday 22 April. You can see the inquiry page here, and the full call for evidence here.
To inform Clinks’ submission to the Justice Committee we are holding a consultation event for voluntary sector organisations with knowledge and expertise in working with people on remand to provide feedback. We’re particularly interested in the following questions:
What data on remand should be collected and published that isn’t already?
What effect does the increasing remand population have on the prison population?
What support is available for remand prisoners?
Whether there are differences in the use of remand in custody between men and women?
What alternatives are there to the use of custodial remand (such as more effective tagging)?
Places are limited and we expect a high demand. Where we cannot offer organisations a place, we will aim to provide an opportunity for views to be shared via e-mail.
This event will be conducted through Zoom, an online meeting platform. As security and privacy is important to us, we’re adapting our procedures in line with the latest security guidance from Zoom. We have:
Implemented the latest security functions as standard, including requiring registration, passwords and waiting rooms
Made sure all delegates login and book through the Clinks website, so everyone identifies themselves
Asked delegates to follow housekeeping rules. Any unwanted behaviour will result in delegates being removed from meetings.